Habitations of the Word: Essays
"These twelve essays take risks, make connections, give off sparks and illustrate Gass's love of language. Using Freudian concepts, he compares the art of writing to the art of becoming civilized: writing parallels the transformation of raw instinct into shared expression. . . . G...more
First the Gass sentence:
A sentence is a length of awareness.
The best word in this sentence is “length” but not for the reason you're thinking of, not for that reason at all and jesus god I can't believe I even hang out with you, how that's all you can ever think ...more
So someone insisted with raised voice and arms "YOU HAVE TO READ HIS NON-FICTION WORK!!" and so I stumbled onto this and the ...more
Gass was born in Fargo, North Dakota. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Warren, Ohio, where he attended local schools. He has described his childhood as an unhappy one, with an abusive, racist father and a passive, alcoholic mother; critics would later cit ...more